Saturday, August 14, 2010

OCRA Chamber Chat August 13, 2010

**Disclaimer: The Chamber Chat is a courtesy service.  Our goal is to be short and readable with pass-along information and reminders requested from members. This service is being provided in lieu of forwarding e-mails directly to you. Thank you for reading our chat!


Welcome Lezah Saunders-

OCRA's newly elected Board of Directors President.























  • US 550 night closure- Closure of US 550 will occur Sunday through Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., from August 15 to mid-September- details below!
  • Ouray Brewery is OPEN!
  • Live music in August at the Four Corners Café
  • Chief Ouray Gun Show- OCT 2 &3
  • Crystal Lake Dam Project- USFS report
  • Weehawken's 2010 Scholarship Program
  • Treasure Hunt in the Visitor's Guide – Do you know the answers?
  • Jeep Ticket Update
  • Links to members
  • Updated OCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS contact list- updated 08/13/2010
  • Feature: Rafting in August is good to go! Call the people in the know: Rigs Fly Shop and Rafting Service: 626-4460.


For an updated CALENDER OF EVENTS,

please see


News From

American Civil Constructors, Inc.

Contractor for the Colorado Department of Transportation



Media Contact: Jody Randall, Public Information 720-244-7312

CDOT Public Relations, Nancy Shanks (970) 385-1428

 August 9, 2010



American Civil Constructors, Inc. (ACC), contractor for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), on the US 550 Bear Creek Bridge project will be starting intermittent night work on Sunday August 15, 2010 requiring full closure of the highway.

 Closure of US 550 will occur Sunday through Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., from August 15 to mid-September.  These closures are necessary to allow rock anchoring below the highway (for widening US 550) while assuring public and contractor safety. 

 The Bear Creek Bridge project, located two miles south of Ouray on US 550, started on July 26, 2010. The project constructs a new, wider Bear Creek bridge, provides improved parking to the north and a adds a cantilevered walkway to allow visitors a better view over the canyon edge onto the falls below.  Crews will suspend work for a winter shut down in October 2010 and will return in the spring with a final completion in November 2011.  This project moved forward with funding from Colorado FASTER – 09-SB-108.

 Commuters and community members are encouraged to sign up for regular electronic updates by enrolling at
or calling the project hotline at 970-325-9892.  You may also visit the CDOT website at information on other CDOT projects statewide visit or call 511. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!

From Ouray you will be able to drive up until the amphitheatre. Any point beyond that will not be accessible, including the overlook, during these nightly closures. Please note, however, the full closure is only from 8 p.m. - 6 a.m. The overlook, however, is closed full time until late October. If you wish to drive from Silverton to Ironton you will be able to make that drive during the road closure.

As for the shut down, it is a shutdown for the winter is of the project not the highway.




4 Corners Cafe at the Chipeta Sun Lodge in Ridgway, Colorado
Live Music Wed. and Friday nights
on the Rooftop Deck, Best view in Ridgway!



Crystal Lake Dam Work Planned

Montrose, CO., (August 3, 2010) –  The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests is planning repair work on the Crystal Lake Dam, located approximately 4 miles South of Ouray, Colorado, along Highway 550.  

Most immediately, the Forest Service plans to install an emergency spillway on the Crystal Dam which includes installing a 10-inch siphon and 24-inch outlet pipe.  This work will provide temporary stability to the dam while other plans for repairs are developed and funding sought.  

Construction is expected to begin in October and take approximately 14 days to complete.  During the period while construction is occurring, the crest on the North side of the dam will be impacted and access to the Hayden Trail (currently across the north embankment) will likely be closed to the public and/or temporarily moved to the South toward Ironton.  The public will be notified when work begins and trail access status in the media, on the Forest website and/or by calling the Ouray Ranger District Office.

In the interim, the Bureau of Reclamation is assisting the Forest Service by evaluating the dam hazard classification and assisting with potential rehabilitation needs/options and cost estimates.    



Chief Ouray Gun Show to be hosted Oct 2 & 3 at the 4 H Center in Ridgway, Colorado.

Admission is $5 or $8 for a two day pass. 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Event is open Sat. Oct. 2 9am- 5pm and Sun. Oct. 3 9am -3pm. Food available during he show. Enjoy the fall Colorado and the gun show in one trip! For more details please contact- 4H Director: Rod Hodge 970.325.9908


Weehawken's 2010 Scholarship Program


Weehawken Creative Arts is pleased to offer scholarships for classes and workshops to deserving people interested in taking advantage of the cultural and fine arts events offered.

To support or apply, please contact:







Treasure Hunt in the Visitor's Guide

There is a wonderful and fun Ouray Treasure Hunt on page 49 of the Ouray Visitor's Guide. Ouray. We encourage you to let your staff and visitors know about the treasure hunt and the awesome poster prize that we have at the Visitor's Center- upon completion.


Do you know the answers to the questions on the hunt? ……..We challenge you!

Submit your treasure hunt questions for the 2011 guide now!


Jeep Ticket Update

For businesses that are selling Jeep Tickets, Patricia Sullivan will be coming by on Fridays & Mondays to pick up and deliver tickets. If you have too many tickets or need more, please call (970) 318-8469. Thank you for your support!

*Jeeps ticket sales pay for the fireworks, a new jeep and a student scholarship.


OCRA is looking for any creative & innovative ideas on how to boost Jeep ticket sales, if you have any, please send an email to

Requested links for the chamber chat:

·                    City of Ouray: (view City Council Agendas prior to the meetings)

·                    Jeep road condition updates:

·                    Newspapers: Ouray Plaindealer and Ridgway Sun -;

·                    Ouray County Watch- 

·                    Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA) –

·                    Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) –

·                    Ouray County Arts Association (OOAA) –

·                    Ouray County Historical Society:

·                    Ouray Ice Park:

·                    Ouray Trail Group  -

·                    Ouray Travel:  allows visitors to book into Ouray     

    lodging, find airfare and car rentals 24 hours per day, just like major travel

    sites such as Travelocity and Expedia.

·    Painting Marmot Art Supply and Art School

·                    Rays Good Stuff, jerky, jellies and more

·                    San Juan Mountain Guides: New Classes

·                    Weehawken Creative Arts (WCA) –

·                    Yankee Boy Conservation Association:

·                    Ouray Beautification Committee: Committee meetings - monthly, the second Wednesday, beginning at 3:30 PM in the Community Center's San Juan Room.




























Updated 05/20/2010 

Lezah Saunders (2010-2012)    

Ouray Mule and Carriage    


(970) 708-4946

P.O. Box 1418

Ouray, CO. 81427 


Jill Schoenebaum (2008-2010) Vice President

4 J+1+1 RV Park

W) 325-4418

H) 325-4864

P.O. Box F

Ouray, CO. 81427 



Faith Parry (2009-2011)


MorningSong B&B


P.O. Box 708

Ouray, CO. 81427


Clint Boots (2008-2010)


Citizens State Bank



P.O Box A

Ouray, CO. 81427 


Karen Avery (2009-2011)

Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs


P.O. Box 439

Ouray, CO. 81427 





Alan Cook (2009-2011)

Timber Ridge Lodge, Mattherhorn

Motel, Antlers Motel and

Hypoxia Crossfit


P.O. Box 285

Ouray, Co. 81427 



Michelle Poirer (2009-2011)

Blue Pear

Shop: 970-325-0450

Cell: 252-256-4312

P.O. Box 128

Ouray, CO. 81427 




Paul Choate (2010-2012)

Outlaw Restaurant



P.O. Box 1227,

Ouray, Co. 81427 


Ridgway Chamber Liaison


Scott Campbell (2010-2012)

Riverside Inn &Cabins

& Jeep Rentals


P.O. Box 342

Ouray, CO. 81427 




Ridgway Chamber Liaison 

Jennifer Loshaw

Executive Director

(March 2008 present)

Cell- 946-0053

Office- 325-4746

Office: P.O. Box 145

Ouray, CO. 81427 





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